If an operator fails to comply with their permit they could be guilty of an offence and the operator could be prosecuted.
In addition, there are several formal powers available to the Council in The Environmental Permitting Regulations to bring the installation back into compliance.
Costs of Regulation
The 'polluter pays' principle is applied to this area of law. The operator must pay a fee on submission of a permit application and in addition, operators must pay an annual subsistence fee to the regulator.
These fees are paid to cover the cost the regulator incurs in regulation of the permit.
The fees are set by Defra every year. More information on the Environmental Permits pages of the GOV.UK website.